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2.5g nano RCS tank

So, I've been a user on these forums for quite a long time, but haven't ever posted a tank.

Here's a small 2.5g nano tank that I've been working on. Definitely still a beginner, so any comments/criticisms from people would be helpful.

I started the tank awhile back (2008, actually), but it's gone through many different rescapes, so I'll just start posting with my most recent one (January of this year).

January 5 2010

Here is the setup as of yesterday. I didn't bother taking out the equipment before a shot, and I couldn't find a nice black background, so I just used blue. All images are clickable to enlarge



Current setup is:

1x 6500K 13W CFL bulb
1x 3500K 26W CFL bulb

Red Sea Nano Filter

Fluorite Black Sand substrate

Pressurized CO2 (see below)


CO2 setup is:

10 lb tank
Victor HPT272-350B regulator
Parker solenoid
Swagelok B-SS2-A metering valve
JBJ bubble counter

Current flora include:
Dwarf Hairgrass
Anubias barteri var. 'nana'


January 10 2010

Here are some updates after my first water change (all pictures are clickable to enlarge).






January 17 2010

Updates for this week (all images are clickable to enlarge):

Excuse the bubbles, I just did a water change




The Dwarf Hairgrass grows very quickly, and I had to already prune/thin out a bit of it (hence you can see all the roots showing).

January 24 2010 (all images are clickable to enlarge!)

Got some new plants, and heavily replanted everything.

Here's to hoping that the HC doesn't die like last time. At least planting it in Flourite Black was a lot easier than trying to plant in (normal) Flourite.





Some updates for January 30 2010

I happened to put some RCS (12 of them) in on Tuesday, but didn't really have a chance to snap up some decent pictures until today. Even then, the photos aren't the best, since I'm limited by the macro on my digital camera.

Out of dozens of pictures, here are the "best" (still pretty bad, but oh well).









On another note, does anyone happen to know what might be the cause of algae on the tips of my Hairgrass? I still notice that there are little tiny tufts of algae that form on the tips (appears to be hairy, dark green in colour; hair or maybe beard algae). I'm considering Excel, but with the Fissidens in there, I don't want to risk it.

Current setup:
2.5g nano
2x 13W 6500K CFL approximately 20 cm away from top of the tank
Lights are on for 8 hours a day
Dosing EI
Pressurized CO2 with ~30 ppm (via drop checker with 4 dkH reference solution); approximately 0.5 bps.

Flora:
Blyxa japonica
Eleocharis parvula
Hemianthus callitrichoides
Anubias barteri var. 'nana'
Fissidens spp.
(likely fontanus)

Fauna:
12 Red Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda) sp. 'red'

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Two more pictures that I thought I would share:




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I was so confused for a second because you have 2009 on your first date then 2010 on the rest haha. But i see its just a typo.

The tank looks awesome. I cant wait to add some RCS to mine! Im using the same tank/filter/substrate! Keep up the updates i love it!
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I was so confused for a second because you have 2009 on your first date then 2010 on the rest haha. But i see its just a typo.

The tank looks awesome. I cant wait to add some RCS to mine! Im using the same tank/filter/substrate! Keep up the updates i love it!
Oops, didn't notice the typo! Thanks for catching it. It's fixed now

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Some updates for February 6 2010 (Sorry about the diatoms on the front glass)

The HC is finally start to root, I think, and the Blyxa that was previously melting has finally started to bounce back and put out new roots.



Also some pictures of my RCS. I noticed two berried females, so new RCS babies should be coming along soon.




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Update for the week of February 16 2010

Snapped a few pictures. Didn't bother taking out any of the equipment prior to FTS.



It's nice to see the Fissidens finally starting to take off.



Excuse all the diatoms I was too lazy to scrape it off...

A bit hard to see in the picture (or maybe not), but the HC seems to love growing upwards instead of carpeting like it's supposed to. Some of them, however, are strange in that they are growing diagonally too...might this have to do with lighting?

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The fissiden on the wood looks great. I think you need something between the rocks.

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The fissiden on the wood looks great. I think you need something between the rocks.
Thanks! Just a few weeks ago, it wasn't doing too well, but it looks like it has perked up now.

What suggestions do you have for something that goes between the rocks?

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Another rock...
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Do you think something behind the two rocks would be best?

I was thinking perhaps something like this:



Placed behind the two rocks...I wish I had a smaller, branchy Manzanita...

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i say throw in a different hue of color in there. there's lots of green, how about some red or pinkish? I've been out of the planted tank hobby for a while but something like rotala wallichi (sp?). otherwise, your scape looks promising, make sure you keep everything check, things run while in such a small tank.
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I was thinking about some red plants; does Rotala wallichii small enough for a 2.5g tank? Thanks for all the comments so far

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Saw a few baby shrimp today




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Those looks like planaria... j/k.
Grats on the baby shrimp.

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Planaria would be even smaller! My camera can't take such good macro shots

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